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Our Sweet and Simple 12 Volt Power Port x SAE 2 Pin Connector – A Popular Motorcycle Accessory

by on Feb.26, 2012, under Accessories, Application, SAE 2 Pin

Our 12V Power Port Adapter Assembly allows a Biker to tap into his or her motorcycle battery and charging system’s 12 Volt power while on the go.  This handy adapter assembly is designed to specifically address the needs of the Biker with a motorcycle not outfitted with a faring/dash mounted power port.  It facilitates convenient connection to an installed Battery Tender Fused Quick Connect pigtail, and thereby it allows the Biker to charge handheld electronics, such as a cell phone.

 

Sweet, Simple & Secure – the beauty of this setup is the ability to stow all involved components in an adjacent saddlebag.  In fact,  the design length of our assembly was set on that basis.  We chose SPT-1 cord with 18 AWG leads to minimize thickness –  thereby allowing the ability to close a hard case saddlebag across it without excessively stressing the hinges.  Often using this setup myself, I find it works very well for me.  In the event of traveling rain, obviously this setup would negatively impact the seal and should be avoided.

Not long for reaching 2000 of these assemblies sold, with nothing but positive feedback, continued popularity and sales are certain for this conveniently useful piece of electrical gear.  Many a do-it-yourself type has cobbled together a similar assembly, and it was just a matter of us taking on the manufacture of an optimally designed assembly a little more than 3 years ago.

Cheap insurance at our bargain price of $4.95 + shipping (less than $2.00 for USPS 1st Class shipping here in the US).  One of these adapters could very well save the day in the event yo find yourself in need of a means of communication and your cell phone battery is D-E-A-D.

Here’s a suggestion – consider talking it up with with friends such that you could assemble an order and share the cost of shipping.  Six or eight could still ship via economical USPS 1st Class Mail, 10 or 12 could ship via USPS Priority Flat Rate small box for $5.35.

We were pleased to see our industry partner – Deltran, bring their model to the table.  Outfitted with a 5 foot cord and a tethered cap for the power port socket – this is a great alternative.  A bargain as well at our price of $8.95 + shipping, we carry this model for those desiring its particular features.  This model facilitates the hot set up for a tank bag, or rally bag.

Please comment or email any questions or concerns – we welcome email at: bohemianbiker@bohemianbiker.com

These and other products are available through our e-commerce website at:  www.solarcapitalist.com  

Here are the links directly to the above assemblies:

http://www.solarcapitalist.com/12volt-power-port-sae2pin-adapter-assembly.aspx

http://www.solarcapitalist.com/deltran-12volt-power-port-sae2pin-adapter.aspx

Solar Capitalist LLC is our sister company handling products such as the above, Deltran Battery Tenders & accessories, and Global SUNLINQ Portable Solar Chargers & accessories.

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New Category of Posts emerging from time spent Afoot Afield

by on Oct.10, 2011, under Afield, Hello World!, Solar, Thoughts

While recently spending some time “Afoot Afield”, it occurred to me to create a post Category for just that… thoughts, topics, observations emerging from time spent “on foot…in the field”.  Somewhat similar to time spent “on a bike…on the road” in terms of opportunity and atmosphere, being on foot in the field can be an opportunity for reflection, and thoughts prompted by something other than life’s events coming at you at lightning speed.  Time spent in the quiet of being on foot in natural surroundings can be similarly spiritual, minus the mind-cleansing wind in your face.

This Category will also lend itself well to discussions related to the use of portable solar charging equipment in the field.  Beyond discussions, pictures (and maybe even videos) will no doubt be of interest and encourage understanding.

I am finding my 4G iPhone indispensible while afield – not just a means of maintaining communication, I am often using the additional “smartphone” features.  That use results in battery drainage, and the need to maintain sufficient charge.  Enter the convenient, portable, charging means – capitalizing on the sun’s energy !!!

Something probably not often recognized – that USB connection charging means is based on 5 volts.  Therefore, not only does your 12 volt charger step that 12V down to 5V, but the 110 volt charger does as well.  5 volts DC is within relatively easy reach via one of our Global SUNLINQ – USB Plus portable solar chargers.

I am finding that not only is my smartphone enabling me to “stay connected”,  but often address things as they occur to me, or at least make notes.  Speaking of notes – here’s an example of how I have used my smartphone’s features in the field.  While scouting deerstand sites established by a local state park, I recorded pertintent notes at each using my smartphone.  Now, when I’m participating in the deerstand lottery drawing on a particular day… and must quickly decide which remaining stand to chose… I can quickly consult the smartphone field notes I recorded while scouting each stand prior to the season.

I doubt I need to bring up very many smartphone features/applications before those participating in outdoors recreation see the light, if they haven’t already.  Capitalizing on the Sun’s Energy by outfitting oneself with the means for portable solar charging of handheld electronics… makes a lot of sense.

Much like recognizing that your cell phone is dead as you prepare to take off on your motorcycle – recognizing the same as you leave to go afield hunting or fishing presents a similar dilemma, but one with the further complication of there not being a motorcycle battery and charging system from which to draw 12 volt power.

Since you’re afield hunting or fishing (hiking, camping, canoeing, or kayaking), there is the Sun from which to derive energy.  Yes – it could be as easy as pictured above.   With Sunlight available, a Portable Solar Charger like the Global Solar SUNLINQ – USB Plus unit with a USB output connector could do the trick for you.

So, the USB Plus might become a vital component to be included in your daypack, or backpack.  Since your cell phone is no doubt critical to your ability to communicate in an emergency, planning for its charging is important, if not critical.  In fact, the USB Plus could be used to charge your GPS, or other handheld electronics with a USB connection.

The Global Solar SUNLINQ – USB Plus is available via our ecommerce store at: www.solarcapitalist.com

Here’s a direct link to the listing: http://www.solarcapitalist.com/global-sunlinq2-usb-plus.aspx

Solar Capitalist LLC is our sister company handling Global SUNLINQ Portable Solar Chargers, as well as Deltran Battery Tenders (including solar powered units) and related SAE 2 Pin connectors, leads, and adapters.

Bohemian Biker LLC and Solar Capitalist LLC are authorized dealers for both the Global Solar and Deltran lines of products.

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Possibilities Provided by an SAE 2 Pin Connection

by on Oct.07, 2011, under Hello World!, SAE 2 Pin

If you’re a Biker, check out the possibilities provided by the SAE 2 Pin connection on your Fused Quick Connect “pigtail” (if you have a Deltran Battery Tender, and installed the included assembly on your motorcycle’s battery):

As the saying goes – a picture is worth a thousand words…  Made up this display to get the point across –  there are quite a few assemblies that will couple up to your Fused Quick Connect “pigtail”.  These assemblies address applications ranging from extending reach to facilitating things like adaptation of 12 Volt “cigarette lighter plug” type cell phone chargers, and COAX heated clothing (example: heated gloves) connectors.  In addition, there are butt ended assemblies allowing do-it-yourselfers to install their own accessory circuits for charging such hand held electronics as GPS units and iPods.

So, it can be visualized that the SAE 2 Pin connector on your Deltran Battery Tender “Fused Quick Connect” pigtail provides access to your motorcycle’s battery and charging system 12 volt power.  This, in addition to providing the means to conveniently and effectively maintain and thereby extend the life of your bike’s battery.

The SAE 2 Pin connector is often alternatively called an SAE 2 Prong, SAE 2 Pole, SAE 2 Conductor connector, as well as a “flat” or “trailer” connector.  Generally speaking, it is intended for 12 Volt DC applications.  Assemblies with this connector can often be found in your local automotive store – usually in the form of a 12″ extension.  Widely imported, the quality and durability fits lighter applications.

Although some of the displayed assemblies are imported from abroad, those made for Bohemian Biker LLC (and to our specifications) are manufactured here in the USA !!! The higher quality of these SAE 2 Pin connectors manufactured here in the United States is obvious – they are sturdier, and have greater strain relief.

Additional Blog Posts pertinent to the above products can be found via headings at the top of webpage.  Note – It is very important for anyone attempting to use these assemblies to have a clear understanding of electrical concepts such as “polarity”.  We highly recommend educating oneself along this line.

Products are available via our ecommerce store at: www.solarcapitalist.com

Solar Capitalist LLC is our sister company specializing in the Deltran line of Battery Tenders and accessories(including solar powered units), Global SUNLINQ Portable Solar Chargers and accessories, as well as, SAE 2 Pin connectors, leads, and cable assemblies (including heavier cable assemblies for handling higher amperages).

Bohemian Biker LLC and Solar Capitalist LLC are authorized dealers for both the Global Solar and Deltran lines of products.

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Charge Cell Phone with a Portable Solar Charger while Hunting

by on Oct.06, 2011, under Solar

Much like recognizing that your cell phone is dead as you prepare to take off on your motorcycle – recognizing the same as you leave to go afield hunting or fishing presents a similar dilemma, but one with the further complication of there not being a motorcycle battery and charging system from which to draw 12 volt power.

Since you’re afield hunting or fishing (hiking, canoeing, or kayaking), there is the Sun from which to derive energy.  Yes – it could be as easy as pictured above.   With Sunlight available, a Portable Solar Charger like the Global Solar SUNLINQ – USB Plus unit with a USB output connector could do the trick for you.

So, the USB Plus might become a vital component to be included in your daypack.  Since your cell phone is no doubt critical to your ability to communicate in an emergency, planning for its charging is important, if not critical.  In fact, the USB Plus could be used to charge your GPS, or other handheld electronics with a USB connection.

Contact Ray Bowers via call or text at: 302-562-1706 or email at: bohemianbiker@bohemianbiker.com

The Global Solar SUNLINQ – USB Plus and other products are available via our ecommerce store at: www.solarcapitalist.com

Here’s a direct link to the listing: http://www.solarcapitalist.com/global-sunlinq2-usb-plus.aspx

Solar Capitalist LLC is our sister company handling Global SUNLINQ Portable Solar Chargers, as well as Deltran Battery Tenders (including solar powered units) and related SAE 2 Pin connectors, leads, and adapters.

Bohemian Biker LLC and Solar Capitalist LLC are authorized dealers for both the Global Solar and Deltran lines of products.

Capitalize on the Sun’s Energy !

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More about Bohemian Biker LLC

by on Oct.04, 2011, under Hello World!

Bohemian Biker LLC and its blog type website www.bohemianbiker.com are the result of a man’s passion for interaction, and especially interaction with those oriented toward “doing-it-themselves”.  Ray Bowers had always dreamed of “being in business for himself”, and stumbled upon his niche once realizing most battery maintenance equipment and portable solar charging equipment employ the same connector type – an SAE 2 Pin connector.

Upon discovering this, Ray’s first endeavor was the development of a manufactured 12V power port x SAE 2 Pin assembly to access a motorcycle’s 12V battery and charging system power for charging cell phones, etc.  What he envisioned was an assembly of the specific length that would reach  from a Battery Tender “Quick Connect” pigtail to a motorcycle’s adjacent saddlebag.  Thanks to the help of an especially patient sales representative, Ray was able to negotiate the manufacture of  the assembly he believed would be popular.  Sure enough, the assembly did indeed prove popular, and that initial design has remained popular for several years now.

With that taste of success, Ray began contracting the manufacture of additional assemblies he believed would be useful.  Some were designed to be used in a specific application.  For example, a heated  glove COAX “female” x SAE 2 Pin assembly – avoiding the installation of another battery pigtail.  Others were designed to facilitate “do-it-yourself” circuit building.  For example, a circuit taking its feed off a Battery Tender pigtail to support 12V power port charging of a handlebar mounted GPS unit.

Customers seeking higher capacity assemblies, and Ray’s own desire for SAE 2 Pin assemblies with heavier gauge leads for ideas he had, encouraged him to begin contacting the manufacture of SAE 2 Pin connectors with 16, 12 and 10 AWG leads.  One such idea Ray had been sitting on was 10 AWG assemblies to facilitate the “jumping” of a motorcycle without the necessity for seat removal.

Truth is, Ray is pretty focused on utility.  He has no bells or whistles on his blacked-out ape-hanger’d ’01 Road King – no handlebar mounted gizmos, no frills.  But, he does have an extra 10 AWG pigtail hanging adjacent to his Battery Tender pigtail.  An engineer by education and work experience, product development is another exciting aspect of “minding his own business”.  Ray spent 25+ years in heavy industry – nuclear power, oil and chemical, as well as manufacturing.  He has also spent a few years as a teacher-naturalist and shooting instructor.

What Ray finds especially enjoyable is talking a customer through a “do-it-yourself” project.  He loves to hear the level of confidence increase as a not so knowledgeable soul grasps something like the reason behind the polarity of a circuit component.

As a Baby Boomer, it’s taken significant self-study for this 56 year old to keep up with such concepts as online “search priority”.  On his Bohemian Biker website, Ray includes a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson – “Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

BTW – SAE 2 Pin assemblies that Ray has developed are manufacturer right here in the USA !!!

Products available through our Solar Capitalist LLC e-commerce store at  www.solarcapitalist.com

Solar Capitalist LLC is an authorized dealer for Deltran Battery Tenders (including solar powered units) and accessories, as well as Global SUNLINQ Portable Solar Chargers and accessories.

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Launching of Sister Site: www.solarcapitalist.com

by on Apr.27, 2011, under Hello World!, Solar

Solar Capitalist LLC (our sister company), recently launched an e-commerce website: www.solarcapitalist.com specializing in Portable Solar Gear !!!

In addition to Portable Solar Chargers – Battery Tenders, SAE 2 Pin Cables, Cords, Leads, Connectors, and Adapters will be made available via this efficienty operated source.

With a similar focus on economy, the same level of product quality and customer service enjoyed with Bohemian Biker LLC can be expected from Solar Capitalist LLC.

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See something that interests you? Email Us !!!

by on Mar.05, 2011, under Hello World!, Thoughts

Although eBay has been instrumental in gaining us exposure online, we encourage you to email us at: bohemianbiker@bohemianbiker.com

Please don’t feel forced to communicate with us via eBay – we answer numerous customer questions and inquiries via direct email.

On a daily and ever increasing basis, we process customer orders outside of eBay – often after answering technical questions or inquiries regarding quantities, combinations, and/or combined shipping.  BTW – we make it a point to use the most economical means of shipping (usually USPS 1st Class Mail), and we will always give our customers the benefit of combined shipping.

Direct email interaction not only allows us the opportunity answer questions, but also the opportunity to tailor a transaction to a customer’s specific needs.  We have a merchant account that facilitates the processing of credit card transactions, and we trust you will find us both flexible and accommodating.

In the interest of having the opportunity to provide the best possible service, we encourage customers to 1st email us questions – prior to placing an eBay order. 

2011 showed a marked increase in interaction outside of eBay – indicating this is preferred by many customers.

In addition to providing sometimes “hard-to-find” electrical components in desirable quantities, and at reasonable prices – another critical component of our niche is the ease we communicate and provide while doing business.

So, whether you are a Biker, or not – email us directly at:  bohemianbiker@bohemianbiker.com

We will answer your questions regarding access to the 12 volt power onboard your motorcycle (or other vehicle/craft) for a cell phone charger, heated clothing, or a GPS unit.  Your Deltran Battery Tender Quick Connect with its SAE 2 Pin connection, for example, provides such access using one of our 12V Power Port x SAE 2 Pin assemblies.

Currently, our products are available through our new e-commerce website at:  www.solarcapitalist.com  

Solar Capitalist LLC is our sister company handling products such as those discussed above, as well as Portable Solar Chargers – Capitalize on the Sun’s Energy !

 
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New Product – SAE 2 Pin w/5 foot Black SPT-1 cord / 16 AWG leads

by on Feb.05, 2011, under SAE 2 Pin

SAE 2 Pin w/ 5' - 16 AWG

 

Recognizing the number of Do-it-Yourselfers adding their own accessory wiring, we’ve decided to move beyond our initial SAE 2 Pin with 11-1/2″ of SPT-1 cord and 18 AWG.

This product proved popular with customers, and having surveyed thier intended applications it seems an SAE 2 Pin with a heavier, higher capacity (16 AWG vs. 18 AWG), and longer length (5 foot vs. 11-1/2″) would be well received.

Black, manufactured here in the U.S.A., and using the same high quality SAE 2 Pin connector !!!

We welcome email at: bohemianbiker@bohemianbiker.com

Products are available through our e-commerce website at:  www.solarcapitalist.com  

This is a link directly to the listing for the product discussed above: http://www.solarcapitalist.com/sae2pin-connector-spt-cord-16awg-lead.aspx

Solar Capitalist LLC is our sister company handling products such as that discussed above, in support of our specialtization in Deltran Battery Tenders (including their new solar powered units), Global SUNLINQ Portable Solar Chargers, and SAE 2 Pin connectors, leads, and cords.

 

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SAE 2 Pin Surface Mount 12V Power Connection w/cap & leads

by on Aug.02, 2009, under SAE 2 Pin

SAE 2 Pin Surface Mount

SAE 2 Pin Surface Mount

So, here’s a product I stumpled upon that seemed like it might be useful to do-it-yourselfers like us!  We’ve been obtaining quantities for a couple years now, and they have become very popular.  Hoping to see some comments as to how they are being used, as well as pictures.  Seemed like tank bags might be a possible application, and some have mentioned this as being the plan.  This molded surface mount connector w/flange (1-7/8″ diameter) has four 3/16″ holes for mounting (fasteners not included), and (2) 12 AWG leads – approximately 11″ long.  As supplied, the red lead is mapped to “male” pin / black lead mapped to “female” socket side of 2 Pin.  For use as a power port, the “protected female” socket should be the “hot” (+) positive side – therefore, insulation colors would not be consistant with standard practice, i.e., red being “hot” positive.

We welcome email at: bohemianbiker@bohemianbiker.com

This product is available through our new e-commerce website at:  www.solarcapitalist.com  

Here’s the link leading directly to the product discussed above:

http://www.solarcapitalist.com/sae2pin-surface-mount-connector-pigtail.aspx

Solar Capitalist LLC is our sister company handling products such as those discussed above, Deltran Battery Tenders, as well as Portable Solar Chargers – Capitalize on the Sun’s Energy !

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DIY Motorcycle Power Port

by on Apr.12, 2009, under Accessories

power-port

By the number of 12 volt power ports with pigtail leads I ship to motorcyclists, I recognize there are a large number of Bikers adding this circuit to their ride.  More often than not, they tell me they are wiring up a rig to power/charge a GPS unit.

I’m not sure how sophisticated they are getting with their circuits, but it sounds like most are keeping it pretty simple.  I offer inline fuseholder assemblies, but I could count the number of those I’ve sold on one hand.  I’m not sure if they are tapping into another circuit on the bike, or going straight to the battery.  It doesn’t seem like I sell SAE 2 Pin connectors to these do-it-yourselfers, so I don’t think they are connecting the power port to a battery quick connect.

Part of the reason I wanted to begin this Blog site was to open the door to interaction along lines such as these.  Provide a forum for dialogue specific to topics like this – thereby, providing the opportunity and means to capture the experiences of others…to the benefit of interested viewers.

I see blog postings on other blog sites addressing these and related topics, but my desire was to drill down on these topics specifically.  With the number and speed with which handheld electronics are coming at us, and the growing popularity of riding on 2-wheels, I decided to seize the opportunity.  Being an engineer…and a biker…I was naturally drawn into this area of interest.  I also appreciate the interaction with those that share a love of motorcycles and motorcycling.

Getting back to the topic at hand, the 12 volt power port I’ve been supplying is of good quality, and manufactured by a company well known for this sort of equipment.  The leads are relatively light and the unit is rated a 5 amps maximum, but that is certainly sufficient for applications such as powering or charging a GPS unit.

It seems that most Bikers are just making up an assembly that they view as relatively temporary…maybe removing it after each use.  Probably figuring they only need GPS when they are on a trip, or traveling in unfamiliar territory.  Hopefully, for more permanent installations they would get a little more sophisticated with their add-on circuits.  Although, if that was the case, they’d probably get more sophisticated with the power port design, as well.  Maybe even one of the power ports suitable for handlebar mounting, with a spring-loaded cap, etc.

At any rate, currently there seems to be plenty of interest in these low cost power ports, and this is no doubt a great opportunity to smoke out the issues that will lead to the development of add-on power ports and circuit designs that will prove best.

We welcome email at: bohemianbiker@bohemianbiker.com

Currently, our products are available through our new e-commerce website at:  www.solarcapitalist.com  

Here’s the link leading directly to the product discussed above:  http://www.solarcapitalist.com/motorcycle12vpowerportleads.aspx

Solar Capitalist LLC is our sister company handling products such as those discussed above, Deltran Battery Tenders, as well as Portable Solar Chargers – Capitalize on the Sun’s Energy !

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